Why is Brander so popular ?
His modern, colourful/expressive take on the Scottish landscape resonates with a contemporary minded general public and his follower group. Rejecting classicism, he gathers the critical essence of a scene rather than the unnecessary matter/detail. He ‘Branderises’ his work with his signature, exaggerated high key palette and his softened, almost lyrical brushwork.
What inspired this series of works ?
For this show, Brander travelled to Mull and Iona seeking the inspiration for a new series of stunning west coast paintings. He has also drawn on previous materials from his journeys from Barra to Lewis/Harris.
Additionally, Brander’s maternal side of the family came from Tiree and he spent a lot of time as a boy passing time on the beaches. Living on the island for long stretches has informed his observations and establishes the basis of his artistic credibility and the quality of his commentaries.
The technical ?
Brander (b.1983) graduated BA(Hons) from the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) 2007-2011.He has had a tough childhood and upbringing, which has fuelled his very unique ‘determination’. He had to fight the system and institution at art school (GSA) to pursue his desire to paint and to develop his art.
Brander is an extremely talented artist. With an incredible energy, he has an unparalleled artistic range capable of tackling any subject challenge – from his huts, to the variations between the west and east coast of Scotland, his travels across the USA, Glasgow themes and modern figurative and stencilling/abstraction.
He is on a journey – one that should be followed ! There is no doubt that he will enter the Scottish Art history timeline.
His artistic metaphor ?
Brander’s paintings are more than beautiful scenes.His underlying message rejects much of the materialism of modern living.He wants life to be simple. His island roots introduced him to a way of life where the natural environment was important and people/community were at the centre of existence - not materialism.He rejects the influence of big brands and their profit focus, of marketing and gaining at the expense of other people and the natural order of life, creating unnecessary wants and an unsettling sense of never having enough.
His Scottish cottages set in remote locations are designed to remind us of an alternative way of life. All we have to do is waken up to it ! A positive/bright framework, where we are happy and fair and get satisfaction from the natural environment and those around us - family, friends and a sense of community.